About this project
Who are you and what's going on here?
Hi, my name is Zahra Noorbakhsh, I’m the writer and performer of the hit show “All Atheists Are Muslim” making its Hollywood Fringe Theater/LA debut! I’ve performed to sold-out crowds from San Francisco to New York City, where the New Yorker Magazine chose my show as a highlight of the NYC Fringe Theater Festival!
"All Atheists Are Muslim" is my comedic, autobiographical one-woman show set in the two-week period in my life during which my whitey-white, atheist, infidel, non-believer boyfriend Duncan and I tell my Iranian, Muslim parents that we’ve decided to move in together. Out of that VERY suprising conversation comes the hilarious comedy and everyday tale of boy meets girl - meets thousands of years of cultural tradition and religious doctrine.
OK, I like you, but why should I care about you?
I was accepted into the Hollywood Fringe Festival for the Los Angeles premiere of my show. We hear a lot about Muslim women, but don't get to see them, especially not in the way of COMEDIC one-woman shows. This is my chance as an Iranian American woman and Muslim to cross cultures and generations with a story of family and love.
Where is the money going?
Independent theater productions are awesome because I get the freedom to say what I want to say and where I want to say it. But, that also means that I fund everything: from travel costs, renting theater and rehearsal space, paying the director, lighting designer, sound designer, the tech guy, house manager, box office manager, the graphic designer—who created the awesome poster of me flying on a magic carpet (though my parents bought the carpet) -, the photographer, videographer, printing the postcards and flyers, ads, programs, signs, ushers, concessions, and even the little napkins that go with your concessions. Like I said - EVERYTHING.
Your support will get me to the Hollywood Fringe, enable me to promote the show in Los Angeles, and make it a phenomenal performance!
I'm invested! When are we doing this?
Now! Your support will enable me to put the show up at the Complex Theater in Santa Monica for the Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival THIS JUNE. I have until my birthday, June 11th, to raise $4,000 and, as a sign of my eternal gratitude, I’m offering some really fun gifts, so check them out!
Production Cast Bios:
WRITER/ PERFORMER: Zahra Noorbakhsh is a writer, performer and stand up comedian. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show, “All Atheists Are Muslim” a highlight of the Int’l NYC Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Her performances have sold-out theaters from New York to San Francisco, and soon, Los Angeles. Zahra is a contributer to the groundbreaking, NY Times reviewed anthology, “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women” featuring her piece, “The Birds, The Bees—and My Hole.” In addition to the NYC Fringe Theater festival, and numerous colleges around the nation, Zahra has performed at the SF Theatre Festival, the Solo Performance Workshop Festival, and is one-third of the troupe DISoriented, a trio of Asian-American performers, touring nationwide. As a comedian, she was a finalist in the Aspen National Rooftop College Comedy Competition and has performed with international acts, Maz Jobrani (Axis of Evil), and Shazia Mirza (Last Comic Standing).
DIRECTED BY: Lisa Marie Rollins is writer, performer, playwright and director. She is the recipient of a James Irvine New Works Grant,a Zellerbach Family Foundation and a City of Oakland Cultural Arts Individual Artists Grants. She is the Artistic Director of Third Root Productions and has supported multidisciplinary theater, film and performance work for the past 10 years. She is the original co-producer of the acclaimed W. Kamau Bell Curve. Her own hit solo show, Ungrateful Daughter: One Black girls story of being adopted into a White family... that aren’t celebrities will make its New York debut at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2012.
DEVELOPED WITH: W. Kamau Bell will star in his own late night comedy series, Totally Biased, on the FX Network, executive produced by Chris Rock. He is one of the fastest rising socio-political comics in the United States. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which was a Time Out NY critic’s pick in the 2010 NY Comedy Festival and a comedy pick in The Guardian during his 2011 run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
CHOREOGRAPHER: Coke Nakamoto is a Movement artist, teacher and director, and solo theater performer. She provided choreographic direction to the nationally toured and highly acclaimed "All Atheists are Muslim," written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh, and she teaches "Performance as a Spiritual Practice" in Oakland. Coke's own solo work, "Soft Tissue," directed by Martha Rynberg and W. Kamau Bell has been performed throughout the Bay Area. She is also a proud member of Wing It! performance ensemble and DIS-Oriented: A Trio of Asian American Solo Performers.
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